Filmed live at Shoreline Amphitheatre, September 1, 1990.
"On September 1, 1990, at the Shoreline Amphitheatre, the Jerry
Garcia band performed a particularly poignant kind of magic. A
Grateful Dead show was originally scheduled for that date but was
cancelled due to the untimely death of the Dead's brilliant,
passionate keyboard player, Brent Mydland, in late July. Rather than
cancel the gig, the Jerry Garcia Band stepped in to deliver one of
their most heartfelt performances."
The DMF is excited to have Producer
5.1 Surround Sound
Interviews - Blair Jackson talks with Robert Hunter and band members
Songwriter mini-documentary/photo galleries
Palo Alto, California, for a town of under 60,000, has a surprisingly
high profile. Founded to accommodate Stanford University, the town has
achieved renown as the incubator of Silicon Valley, The Grateful Dead
and Google, just to name a few major icons.
Nothing illustrates Palo-centrism so clearly as the narrative of the
early Grateful Dead. The story is regularly told of how Jerry Garcia,
Robert Hunter and others were struggling folk musicians and beatniks in
Palo Alto, met Ken Kesey and The Merry Pranksters and formed The
Warlocks, participated in the Acid Tests, changed their name to the
Grateful Dead and moved to San Francisco to change the world. However,
surprisingly few of the seminal events took place in Palo Alto proper,
and many of the important places in early Grateful Dead history actually
took place in Menlo Park, the town just North of Palo Alto.
Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter's first paying gig as a folk duo in the
South Bay was at Peninsula School in Menlo Park.
Tom Wolfe immortalized Ken Kesey's house on Perry Lane in his book The
Electric Kool Aid Acid Test. According to no less of an authority than
the Archivist at the Palo
Alto Historical Association
Thus the first Warlocks gig
was in Menlo Park, at a pizza parlor in Menlo Park. Magoo's Pizza was
either at 635 Santa Cruz Avenue or at 639, as near as I can determine. 635 Santa Cruz is a restaurant called The
The Underground, El Camino Real May-June 1969
The story of Jerry Garcia and Menlo Park was not quite over, however. In
April 1969, while on tour in Colorado, Garcia bought a pedal steel
guitar. Looking for an opportunity to play the instrument, he discovered
that old Los Altos pal John Dawson was performing his own songs at a
Hofbrau in Menlo Park called The Underground, somewhere on El Camino
Real in Menlo Park. Another old South Bay friend, David Nelson, without
a band at the time, joined in playing electric guitar.
Dawson, Nelson and Garcia would go on to found the New Riders of The
Purple Sage, although they would not be known by that name until August.
The trio played most Wednesday nights at The Underground, however
starting May 7 (probably May 14, May 21 and June 4 also, and possibly
June 18). Their last gig at The Underground was probably June 25. It is
a little-remarked fact that the first gigs of both the future Grateful
Dead and the future New Riders took place within walking distance of
each other in downtown Menlo Park.
The amphitheatre was built from 1985-1986, by the city of Mountain View, in
cooperation with local promoter Bill
Graham, as part of the Shoreline
Park project. Graham designed the
amphitheatre to resemble The Grateful
your face" image. Each row of fixed seating at the amphitheatre has a pitch
of three feet, providing ample legroom and space for dancing.
The premiere season was during the Summer of 1986; it was planned to open with a
concert by The Grateful Dead, who had to cancel, due to Jerry
Garcia's coma. They returned and performed on October 3, 1987 and June 16,
1990, these shows were recorded and later released as a live album, entitled View
from the Vault, Volume Three.